January 14, 2004
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Subj: Bush Team Revising Plans for Granting Self-Rule to Iraqis
Note: "will look more democratic"
Subj: Washington nit wits...dummies, evil doers...etc.
Are they trying to drive me nuts??? Poor Paul O'Neill will turn out to have Alzheimer's....Powell, never, ever knows what he is saying, and it was still a good idea to go into Iraq..whether or not they had wmds...that is if your kid does not have to go...and if you never have to see the body bags anyway. Cheney does not even have to defend, he just ignores. Perle...calls O'Neill a liar..and everyone in the administration is going to "prove" it...watch my words!!
I just hope, so much, that the people who did not bother to vote in 2000 are listening...from the call-ins on Washington Journal.....it seems like we may be pulling some of them over...not very many slavishly worship bush anymore....some even act ashamed.
I am so sick of the year....and cannot wait for it to be over..and if bush wins...maybe i will do what Alec Baldwin was rumored to have said....."go to canada"...there is no way, at my age, I could stand to see that dimwit in the White House anymore!!!
Subj: Relative responses to security leaks
The Bush administration had to be forced into investigating the Valerie Plame outing but took less than 24 hours to call for an investigation into the documents that were publicized by Paul O'Neill and 60 Minutes on Sunday night. They really do think were stupid.
- Daren Satake
Subj: Reply to A BuzzFlash Reader from NY
In response to “A BuzzFlash Reader from NY”, who commented “you would think they would have had enough time to come up with an exit strategy and a viable plan to restore and maintain order”, the reason that they didn’t is clear when we connect the dots with the comment by Dick Cheney that “deficits don’t matter.”When you are a bank robber and you are being given unlimited access to the vault, you are not in any hurry to leave. In this case, the vault is the “taxpayers’money”and the bank robber is Halliburton/Dresser (read this Dick Cheney was delivering to himself and his cronies). Remember that in preparation for taking over the White House, Dick Cheney merged Halliburton with Dresser, the Bushes old company (you remember, the one with the asbestos liability that Dick Cheney “overlooked”). Kellogg was part of Dresser and Brown and Root was part of Halliburton. Together they make up KBR, the Halliburton subsidiary that got the no-bid contract.
So, Dick Cheney was robbing the U.S. Treasury for himself and the Bushes and of course he would say that “deficits don’t matter”and he would want to keep the U.S. Treasury door open through Iraq as long as possible. We’ve got to get these crooks out of the White House and their hands out of the taxpayers’pockets. And, Paul O’Neill, the reason the rich had to get their tax cuts is they needed their payoffs for funding the “dubya/BigDick”coup and opening the door to the bank vault and helping to keep it open.
Keep putting those dots out there for everyone to connect, Buzzy.
Margaret Waid, Ph.D.
Re: O'Neill's "secret" docs
When I watched 60 minutes the other nite and they showed the map of oil fields, I remembered seeing them somewhere before.
Sure enough…take a look at this –from Judicial Watch. Aren’t these the same maps that the Admin is now alleging are “secret”?
http://www.judicialwatch.org/071703.b_PR.shtml = press release
http://www.judicialwatch.org/071703.c_.shtml = many maps and other documents. I believe map #1 is the one shown on 60 minutes.
-a BuzzFlash reader
Subj: Paul O'Neill / Pre-911 Determination to Go to War
RE: O'Neill's Assertion that Invasion of Iraq was Planned Prior to 911
The Mainstream media is missing a crucial piece of information concerning O'Neill's credibility on this assertion that you may wish to incorporate into an editorial.
I seem to recall that there were several reports that on 911, VP Cheney's first reaction was to scribble something on a piece of paper to the effect that the US should "wrap it all up" and attack Iraq. This would seem to corroborate O'Neill's story that the Bushies were actively planning to invade Iraq prior to 911 and simply looking for an excuse to do it.
Keep up the good work.
Subj: The Freest Press in the World
With his presidency, Baby Bush has started a disturbing practice of shunning reporters who might ask hard questions and even going as far as to have his press conferences scripted. His understudy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, did exactly the same thing the other day after his state of the state address.
If reporters can not ask politicians the tough, impolite questions voters themselves are thinking, do we really have a free press?
If the democrats or some coalition of the left ever gets power back even briefly, we should make a constitutional amendment requiring the president to submit to a monthly congressional question and answer time like Tony Blair has to submit to every week.
Just one of those sessions would make W wet himself, and even if empty suits like him and Arnold were elected again, they would be unlikely to be re-elected once they were exposed for the puppets that they are (the kind with strings AND a hand up their ass).
Subj: O'Neill says Cheney told him, 'Deficits don't matter'
It is hard to fathom Repubs thinking. Do they think the national debt won't hurt everyone down the line when there is no money left to run the country? Or do they believe that inflation or a depression would be good for the country? Or is it they just want to do as they please and to hell with everyone else?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Bush's plan for the Moon and Mars
When I first heard about Bush proposing to establish a base on the Moon, and then for manned missions to Mars, I wondered, "where did that come from?" Does Bush even know where the Moon is? Perhaps he thinks it's overseas like he thinks Canada is.
When has Bush ever revealed any interest in space, or even the basic curiosity to go exploring on *this* planet? Heck, he never left this country for most of his adult life even though he certainly had the connections and financial means to do so.
Then it dawned on me. Bush wants us to go to the Moon and Mars, not to continue basic science the way NASA has done all these years, but to exploit the Moon for commercial gain, such as mining for minerals (perhaps he thinks there's oil on the moon!)
Also, Bush's talk of a "base" on the moon, is really a *military* base. Expect all things NASA to be military in purpose from now on. Expect all space flights to be shrouded in secrecy. That's the Bush way.
In other words, Bush will take NASA, and like he's done to everything else in this country, wring out anything of value, and dump it in the trash heap.
Don't expect Bush to support any basic science. He doesn't know what that is.
Subj: Good Work!
I am just beginning to hear an echo of truth starting to leak out in some of the big TV News outfits, for the first time since 9/11. It's been kind of scary for us up here in Canada, watching your country slide toward totalitarianism. Some good stuff on DeadBrain.com this week, including some from ME! Keep up the good work, and thanks.
Subj: Other Options than War
Yesterday, Scott McClellan said President Bush "exhausted all possible means to resolve the situation in Iraq peacefully".
Why haven't any democrats shown this statement to be false? Instead of spending the initial 87 billion to invade, couldn't we have spent 5 or 10 billion and hired about 10,000 new weapons inspectors to canvas the entire country? That would still mean there would be a million dollars per weapons inspector. We could hire 100,000 weapons inspectors at $100,000 for a year with 10 billion. Wouldn't that have been a less costly operation, both financially and in terms of human casualties and suffering?
Subj: Genie O'NEILL
So it looks like O'NEILL is backpedaling. On the Today show he said his sensational comments were taken out of context and that he will "probably" vote for Shrub again. Also, that regime change in Iraq was an inherited policy from CLINTON.
That line about CLINTON-policy was a Shrubbite talking point from the minute O'NEILL bombs first went off. It won't wash. We all KNOW that the Shrubbites' policy from day one was A.B.C., Anything But CLINTON. They ignored the transition briefings from the CLINTONites, ignored the HART-RUDMAN report, ignored GORE's white paper on airport security, they said everything was shelved until CHEENEE would review everything and come up with his own thing.
Whether O'NEILL recants under threat of investigation, criminal charges, prison-------the genie's out of the bottle.
Did you miss one of the morning shows where O'Neill and Suskind appeared. O'Neill started back pedaling, such as it was just ordinary planning for Iraq that takes place, and "I will vote probably for Bush again" comment that he made. Is he just naive, clever, stupid or what? Meanwhile all those papers he has from his job and sitting on whatever Councils/Committees may land him in jail?!?!
jesus christ! someone in the white house puts lives in danger by out a cia agent and those people just poo poo it...............someone criticizes bush and their is a federal investigation started in less than 24 hours!
One indication of the mindset of some voters came over the telephone on Cspan Jan. 13, 2004. The caller very firmly stated that she had direct knowledge that Bush would win handily because he was the man the Lord wanted in this job at this particular time in history. Mr. Rothenberg remarked that he was unsure if he had heard prophecy or wishful thinking. The underlying theme of the 'end times' being this particular time in which we live is an indication of how invasive and pervasive fundamentalist religious thinking is ruining our way of life. The history of religion as part and parcel of government is a history of hate, destruction and control. Nothing much has changed, it seems.
Hello dear BuzzFlash and readers,
PLEASE SPARE ME!
That's funny, they just jumped on that regime change thing - ya know, the one that was Clinton's policy (NOT!) - but completely ignored that little Al Qaeda problem that Clinton warned them about. What a coincidence, this is the first time they've ever mentioned that Clinton had a regime change policy in Iraq, and since we know how determined they were to "inherit" all of Clinton's policies, I guess it all makes perfect sense. Seems to me the PNAC came up with that Iraq thing. But when in doubt (or when drowning in your own lies) - Blame Clinton! The statute of limitations never runs out for that one, I guess.
Thanks Buzz, for giving us every side of this story. Let's hope for more Paul O'Neills. I hope you'll be offering his book on BuzzFlash. We've got to make that one a best seller.
Barbara in NYC
I watch the news channels (know your enemy), listen to NPR and read the foreign press.
Another book with revelations about the Bush Cartel. More blather from the pundits defending this Administration.
It seems to me that most are missing the point about the contingency plans to oust Hussein.
Yes, prior administrations may have wanted to get rid of Saddam. But if, let's say Clinton, had gone before Congress and requested authorization to attack Iraq (because Hussein was bad and must be destroyed for the good of all), do people really think congress would have agreed? Do people really believe Congress would have given him unprecedented power to proceed unilaterally (or almost) to conduct a preemptive war? Do they believe that Congress would have given Bush that power with the same request for the same reason?
The point, is not whether the Bush regime had plans, but that they knew the Congress and the American people would not go for a preemptive war.......So they lied. They knew that spreading the fear of WMDs and the so called link between Saddam and Al Qaida, so soon after 9/11, would create an atmosphere in which they could do just about anything in the name of "Homeland Security".
The LIES are the thing. The lying and manipulation by this administration is a really BIG thing. I don't understand what is wrong with people who don't see that. People in other countries get it. The foreign press gets it. Why are so many, so blind in this country?
To lie about getting a knobby in the oval office is an impeachable offense and this is not? Wow......it boggles the mind!
They lied. They are still lying. And it's still working.
-Nicki Fuller, Poulsbo, Wa.
Subj: Another "moral" Repug
Here's a case of another 'moral' Repug:
Subj: Use of Language
It occurred to me reading Christie Whitman's strained defense of moderate Republicans that Republicans have managed to dictate through their use of language how key beliefs are characterized. Hence, we are "pro-choice"--they are "pro-life." Well, how can that be so if they are for the death penalty? A more accurate representation is that they are "anti-choice."
Not surprisingly, they characterized the peace movement as "anti-war." Why wasn't it called the "pro-peace" movement? (Because they wanted the focus to be negative--hence the "anti" label.) They managed to be referred to as "pro-war" when in reality they are "anti-peace."
Note to all buzzers, journalists and presidential candidates, please start using these more accurate "anti" labels when writing and speaking about the opposition on these two very important subjects.
Subj: Tora Bora
The most damming evidence of the Bush agenda is the military decision to bomb Tora Bora from three sides, leaving the back side to Pakistan open as a Bin Laden escape route. If they had killed Bin Laden at that time, the administration's larger War on Terror could never have been sold to wishy-washy "democrats" and the American people. Nobody mentions it these days, but it's a very big deal.
As one of the last purveyors of news in our land, I wanted to bring your attention to an important event underway in our nation's capital. Today, thousands of disenfranchised citizens are going to the polls to take part of the DC Presidential Advisory Primaries. While the results of the first in the nation democratic primary are merely symbolic, the event is meant to draw national attention to our colonial status.
In a surprising turn of events, the WaPo, who normally covers any issue involving our great city with utmost derision, have actually published a somewhat favorable article regarding these primaries: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11303-2004Jan12.html (Perhaps their in-town subscriptions were dismal in 2003?)
However, I'm sure that most media outlets will not cover this event or label it as a "curiosity" to feed the circus that passes for news these days. Naturally, the Grand Hypocrisy Party and their corporate news minions view democracy in DC as a threat since, as an enlightened populace, we tend to vote democratic.
Subj: Soros keen on Dean
Subj: RUSH'S BRILLIANT REFUTATION OF O'NEILL
Did you hear Rush Limbaugh's methodical, detailed and inciteful refutation of every one of Paul O'Neill's documented assertions about Bush's revenge invasion of Iraq and his total lack of interest in matters of our economy yesterday on the radio?
You didn't? Neither did I since all he had could come up with in the two or three minutes he spent on the subject was to say that whatever O'Neill reported was irrelevant since he checked the overnight ratings on 60 Minutes and that Sunday football had beat it (at least on the west coast was his lame caveat) so there!
By the way, do you know if Roger Ailes at Fox News has hired Paul O'Neill yet to serve as their Bush Administration inside analyst yet? I figured since they've got Dick "Toe-Sucker" Morris still dishing the dirt on Hillary and Bill it would be the "fair and balanced" thing to do...
Subj: Rocket to Mars
I will whole-heartedly agree with sending a rocket to Mars without considering the cost, as long as the crew consist of the current administration and many members of Congress...how many years does it take to get there.....just asking...and then we might try to fix what has been destroyed in these last three years.
Subj: Clinton Blamed Again, this time by Bush.
Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Neil Boortz, and Bill O'Reilly will hone in on the following statement by the Appointed President of the United States like a proton torpedo to the exhaust port on the Death Star..." Asked about that claim (that Paul O'Neill makes in his new book), Bush responded Monday: "Like the previous administration, we were for regime change. And in the initial stage of the administration, as you might remember, we were dealing with Desert Badger or flyovers and fly-betweens and looks. And so we were fashioning policy along those lines. And then, all of a sudden, September the 11th hit." I can hear it now...
"Folks, you see what we have here is bona fide proof, clear and admissible evidence from President George Bush that it was Clinton's idea all along to overthrow Saddam Hussein! Trust me on this, folks - our president is not a liar. Obviously, Clinton waited so long to finally make up his weak, liberal mind to really do anything about it. So, like any vindictive and hateful liberal, he dumps it in Bush's lap to deliberately sabotage what has proven now to have been a brilliant and historical presidency. Its also crystal clear that there is no "smoking gun" in terms of the supposed intelligence the outgoing Clinton administration swears up and down they provided (and we all know what liars they were) Condi Rice that al-Queda was planning a terrorist attack using aircraft on a major metropolitan city! It all boils down to what I've been telling you all along and Bush's statement proves it - 911 was all Clinton's fault!"
What Bush left out is that the Clinton administration advocated is that if Saddam Hussein were to try another invasion, then there would be military action to force a regime change.
Keep up the good work.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: No wonder Fox viewers are so poorly informed!
This headline was on their home page.
I shouldn't have to explain to BuzzFlash and its readers that in Canada, we call the leader of our federal government a prime minister.
To quote the Canadian band (ironically called) The Pursuit of Happiness, "You have to laugh to prevent yourself from crying."
Subj: From the horse's mouth!
Hey, check this out, and note further down in the piece, where Bush describes the various, ever-changing reasons for his sudden pangs of compassion towards our illegal Hispanic brothers and sisters:
Heck, it's a no-brainer: We need to legalize these folks so they can get out there and do what American worker don't wanna do: "lay tar on a hot summer roof"
You see? Bush holds Hispanics in the highest possible esteem.
Subj: Illegal Immigrants
Bush: "These workers are a benefit to MY country…" In his speech with President Fox of Mexico today….
OK, we in Texas were used to him for past 6 years calling Our state of Texas "His Own" (It is Not!),…even though he was born and bred in up the North East, like in Conn., Mass, Maine, etc., with those North East parents, but is Not a Native Texan(!). He doesn’t look, act, sound, walk, talk, or act like a humble, intelligent, humorous Texan, which is our Texas tradition.
George W. is just a dress-up-ed Texas wannabe, really, has been for years.
However, I simply have to now draw the line with him going so far as to calling all of America HIS Country, HIS Country!!.. Like he did today with Mexican President Fox!
What smug arrogance today…! Of course, me, as a real true Texan who has followed him for years, I am not surprised in the least, just shocked at his blatant arrogance today in public!. What a Dictator! Can we say Megalomaniac?!
Well, you can’t be a Texan unless you were born here; Simple as That.
Simple as that, and we are proud of it, (but not in our selves, no arrogance with us,.. just pride in our state.)*
Like in America, if you are born here then you are an American, so George W. is just simply NOT a Texan.
He was born in New Haven, Conn. And is NOT a Texan. Simple. What a Deception he has been from the beginning.
Anybody who knows about Texas, the only state which was a Nation before it was a state, and still has its own Navy, Air Force, Army, Flag, etc .knows you can’t be born in another state and claim to be a Texan. Otherwise, you can only "adopt" this state…
So Stop It George!! Stop Deceiving People, when you didn’t spend much of your upbringing here, George. This is Not "Your" State…..This is Not YOUR Country, as you told Pres. Fox today!!!!
You Not Own America!
You Do Not Own the World!
A BuzzFlash True, Genuine, Authentic Texan, Supporter,
P.S. Also I am a Descendant of Peter’s Colony, who founded Dallas, Texas, and from many others who founded this great State, which was the only state which was once a Nation…Someone is NOT a Texan unless they were born here!!! We have humble pride in our State, not arrogant pride in ourselves, as George W Bush does. He is all about arrogance, which is the last thing any true Texan has, no matter what his worth…Connecticut George W. Bush," like Connecticut Lieberman, has never had a clue about all this in his entire life….
All his life, George W. has been "The Great Pretender." Still is. Even today. And now he pretends to Mexico.
Subj: Something positive out of something negative
I was incensed about Novak's racist comments about Native Americans in South Dakota supposedly stealing the senatorial election. So, I decided to make a donation in his name to a charity that helps Native Americans in South Dakota. If others are interested, I linked to the charity and some information about it, along with Crossfire's comment form (to let Novak know about the donation), in my blog:
Thanks as always for your incredible work.
Dub (not Dubya)
Subj: NASA Ames Center looks at problem of drilling on Mars
Subj: Today's Rant
GWB responding to questions about Paul O’Neill’s recent bombshell that planning on Iraq began on day 1 of this administration uses the same unquestioned rhetoric we’ve heard in the past.
"September the 11th made me realize that America was no longer protected by oceans and we had to take threats very seriously no matter where they may be materializing," Bush said. [What an epiphany!]
Seriously, did GWB actually believe that up until 911 that America was not vulnerable to attack because we were protected by the oceans? Perhaps someone should have told him sooner about ICBM’s. You know, the primary reason to spend billions of dollars on a missile defense shield that doesn’t work. No matter how inane the statement, the diligent press corp just won’t question it. Hillary tells a bad joke, and it’s shown on all the evening news shows and the Sunday pundit parade. GWB says something incredibly stupid and it’s ignored.
BTW, Rush (R-junkie) should check out some of the photos where is appears GWB and Vincente Fox are the same height and see if he’ll have a conniption about this too.
p.s. So what’s the difference!
US tests 1988 Iraq shells for chemicals? Hey wasn't that BUSH ONE?
A BuzzFlash Reader
My husband was on a similar flight where they announced that nobody was allowed to "congregate" at the loo. Four little old ladies were waiting in line, and after the announcement they scurried to their seats, looking so scared, my husband thought they were going to faint. Is this what we have been reduced to.....scaring little old ladies who just want to go have a pee?
Subj: 60 Minutes
While I certainly enjoyed listening to Paul O'Neill on Sunday night, I found the report on our jobs going to India more interesting. I knew about the telemarketers and AOL technical support jobs but was truly shocked to learn that our tax returns are beamed up on a computer for Indian accountants to get all our personal information. No, the fact that they have no pencils or paper did not make me feel more comfortable. Now we hear that color coding is coming soon to an airport near you. This is a total invasion of privacy. When are the American people going to wake up and revolt? Think the color coding experts can not make a mistake? This is the same team that gave us Iraq, Richard Jewell, Sept. 11th and outed a CIA operative. Be very afraid! I certainly am afraid but not of terrorism but my own government and our do nothing press.
Sandra Boynton in Florida
Subj: W & aides broadcast media hate
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: GOD WORKING MIRACLES IN RUSH'S LIFE, OH YEAH
Does it get any better than this?
Rush Limbaugh has spent a career b-slapping the ACLU and declaring that there is no Constitutional right to privacy. And today I read that the ACLU filed an Amicus Brief defending Limbaugh's right to privacy and the confidentiality of his medical records.
There are some people who see God when they look at the ocean. And there are some folks who see God when they visit the mountains. Some people find God in a sunset or in a sunrise. But not me, I see God in the ACLU, defending the DRUG LUMP against his own words.
Roy Black says Limbaugh is "pleased that the ACLU has filed a motion" in defense of his rights.
Oh yes, this is a good God. Alleluia!!
Carolyn K. Ball
Subj: More on Tuesday's SCOTUS Ruling
This is text from the ruling itself:
Frankly speaking, that is a highly uncraftsmanly piece of writing and really hardly gives a nod to traditional legal reasoning. It amounts to a kind of hope that the obvious potential for abuse will not be realized. It interposes no legal barrier to abuse except the vague reference to 4th Amendment protections.
A stunningly bad decision. Unfortunately, there is no higher court to appeal it to.
Subj: Honor and Dignity
During the 2000 campaign Bush repeated ad nauseum "I promise to restore honor and dignity to the White House." Instead we got lies and deception and while they accused Clinton of putting up the Lincoln bedroom for sale, this bunch has put the whole country up for sale.
Perhaps the winner of the democratic nomination should take the mantra "I promise to restore honesty to the White House" or even "..Honesty and intelligence.."
Just to give a nod on how absolutely right you are, CNN and Fox are not even coming close to reporting this. Their top stories are accusing O'Neill of printing sensitive documents.
Subj: Bush more interested in "Political Security"
I find it interesting that the "leak" from Paul O'Neill is being actively investigated, but the leak from the two unknown "senior officials" in this administration regarding the outing of Valerie Plame - in July -, took months to initiate.
Yup, it does indeed sound like this administration is concerned with Political Security rather than the National kind....
Subj: Le Carre
Thanks so much for offering the newest John Le Carre as a premium. I just ordered it. As Le Carre ages?, his work gets more penetrating and socially critical. The Constant Gardener was a powerful fictional indictment of the pharmaceutical industry and its relationship to third world countries.
Next to my computer, I have a quote by Le Carre which is worth sharing. I snipped it in the fall of 2002:
And the spin goes on.....
Subj: Dick Cheney faces possible bribery indictment in France.
This is a MAJOR story that's being totally ignored here in the United States.
It stems from his tenure as CEO of Halliburton, and allegations that the company paid bribes to Nigerian officials in order to secure contracts.
This is not some fringe lawsuit. This is a serious investigation by a respected French magistrate.
Does the boy king realize how long it would take to send people to Mars -- 5 years at least!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Moon at War
I'm slightly surprised there hasn't been any commentary on the obvious reason for Bush's push to the moon -- the major objective seemed crystal clear as soon as it was announced, namely, the launching of a strategy contained in PNAC's "Rebuilding America's Defenses" that was created to lay the groundwork for U.S. military domination of space (I know, sounds like the wrong side of James Bond, but these are their words, not mine!) The excerpts below (I've bolded key phrases) clearly outline PNAC's "plans":
There's more, but enough said.
Subj: Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi sporting "halos" also...
The halo must be "high fashion" in Italy these days also:
Upon hearing of the top Italian Court rejection of Berlusconi's immunity law, it appears the Prime Minister may require "divine intervention" to save his self-righteous butt!
Keep on Buzzin'!
Subj: Wesley Clark
I don't think I've seen this addressed on your site and I find the article pretty worrisome. I haven't had time to investigate it but I wondered if you or your readers have. Thanks -- Linda
On "NOW with Bill Moyers" last night, Bill interviewed Charles (Chuck) Lewis, head of the Center for Public Integrity.
Lewis reported, in the words of Bill Moyers, "that when General Wesley Clark retired from the military he earned over $800,000 lobbying former pals and peers for airline and homeland security contracts. And that he didn't tell us that when he appeared on CNN as a commentator on the war on terrorism. Moyers asked Lewis, "Why would a man do that thinking he's going to run for president, because that's bound to be harmful when it is ultimately disclosed?"
Lewis's response was, "That's sort of what I thought. It's the first time I know of a major presidential candidate running who's also currently a lobbyist. When he announced [his candidacy] on Sept. 17, he was still registered in Washington, D.C. as a lobbyist…We're getting a new phenomenon now - the new shamelessness - where people don't care anymore. It used to be that if a lobbyist ran, people would laugh him out of the room and it was unacceptable. Now you have a guy who just got elected Governor of Mississippi and we have a presidential candidate who not only was a lobbyist but he was a commentator objectively commentating on the war while he was trying to get homeland security and defense contracts and meeting with the vice president among others. And I'm not sure CNN new this, by the way. We talked to CNN - we're trying to get information about what did they know and when did they know it. But Everyone should have disclosed that - no question."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Illinois v. Lidster: the amicus brief
The U S DOJ filed an amicus brief on behalf of the petitioner; not too surprisingly, of course, given their current bent:
Makes for interesting reading. A prediction could be made that someday in the future, the Warren (and yes, even the Burger) court with its solicitude for the rights of the individual vis-a-vis the state, will be looked on as a model of a forgotten strain of rugged individualism and almost libertarian anarchy that died with the growth of the modern managerial State.
Subj: Conservative Christian says gay marriage inevitable!!!!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subj: Berlusconi gets a slap from Italy high court
Will Berlusconi go to jail? Will Bush?
Everybody knows George Bush lacks curiosity in the things around him, and he lacks the knowledge and skills to be president of the U.S. He doesn't have the intelligence necessary to be commander and chief of nothing. George Bush should be impeached for the schemes and the lies he has told in order to justify invading Iraq.
A BuzzFlash Reader
What? Does this sentence make sense to anyone? And what was Desert Badger? I can find absolutely *no* reference to it. Is it something GW made up? Or was it a secret operation he just outed? Or, was it his usual fudging, trying to BS his way through a quiz?
Rocco Cuteri, Jr.
Subj: Bush Blames Clinton
Paul O'Neill reveals that the post-9/11 war to rid Iraq of a (non-existent) terrorist menace actually began as a pre-9/11 plan to invade and pillage Iraq. But do you know what? It was all Bill Clinton's idea. Bush was just a hapless victim of Bill Clinton's avarice and irresponsibility.
I'm glad that's been cleared up.
-- Barry Schwartz
Subj: What It Means (at American Street)
Subj: A Bad Day for Civil Liberties
Although there is a decades-old record of Supreme Court cases ruling against "fishing expedition" type road blocks with search by police, this new ruling today, using a somewhat ingenuous interpretation of " assistance," seems to grant the government almost unlimited power to stop citizens for the purpose of eliciting information on ongoing criminal investigations. Pretty scary stuff potentially.
We will probably see a great increase in this type of roadblock.
Subj: Bush's Job Creation Plan
The recent news concerning illegal immigrants becoming legal by the stroke of Bush's pen is how this administration will create its needed job growth to accompany the bogus boost in equities.
With the stroke of a pen, thousands of new workers will appear to fill the needed jobs thereby making the "recovery" jobs-based after all. At the same time, downward pressure will be exerted on wages and we will be one more step on the way to full banana republic status.
An IMF warning, poverty level wages, no health care for millions of workers, children starving and homeless, a government-controlled media, repressive police state powers, people taken from their homes and brought before military tribunals, preemptive military actions, electronic surveillance of citizens, a Supreme Court that rubber stamps administration policy.
Who taught whom during the adventures in Central America during the eighties? Some people in this administration learned some valuable lessons. When the people who looted the S&Ls walked away scot-free; when Daddy Bush escaped indictment for his parts in Iran-Contra and Iraqgate, not to mention wholesale drug running during his entire time in government, the powers that be realized that the American people would buy just about anything.
And Americans have the nerve to say the French surrender!
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